Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I May Need an Intervention

I follow Arne and Carlos on Instagram.  They do super colorwork and fun projects.  For years I have wanted to try making their Christmas balls.  

They posted a video a little before Easter on how to knit fair isle Easter Eggs.  Naturally, I had to order their book, Easter Knits, and buy some Dalegarn Falk at my LYS.  I finished one egg on Easter.  Easter is past but I can't seem to stop knitting them!  I even bought more yarn to do more eggs in more colors.

Yarn: Dalegarn Falk
Needles: Size 2 DPNs

Sunday, April 03, 2016

More Fancy Forest Foxes

Our March meeting of the Fancy Forest BOM was a continuation of the fox block.  I love these fabrics!

Because each block uses different fabrics, each one is a fun surprise.  Here are all of the foxes together:

In April, we will be making 4 of the bunny blocks.  Preview:

You can still join the Fancy Forest BOM at Stitch Your Art Out if you are local.  If not, kits will be available for purchase soon. I will let you know when they are available.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fancy Forest Block of the Month

It is no secret that I am a sucker for cute.  I had this plan that 2016 would be a bucket list year and I would start six projects, one every other month, from a list of projects I have long wanted to make.  But then an opportunity came along to make a Fancy Forest quilt and teach it as a block of the month at my local quilt shop. And I decided to put more work into a sweater I had been neglecting and to start a new project on a table loom I had borrowed.  Now we are at the end of February and no bucket list projects are happening. :)  So, the bucket list is postponed due to "cute interruption" until either June or next January.

On to the Fancy Forest quilt.  I don't know about you, but one of my favorite parts of quilt making is selecting the fabrics.  To make a large quilt from this pattern, you need 40 fat quarters, a background fabric, as well as a light and a dark fabric for face details.

The first pattern in Elizabeth Hartman's booklet is the fox, which was one of my favorite animals in this quilt.  The instructions are very clear and easy to follow; however, no amount of instructions will help you if you don't check to make sure your seam allowance is a scant 1/4".

My seam allowance, it turns out, had been too large.  I made a few blocks before I realized and I had to resort to sewing some thin strips of scrap fabric together to get the exact right spot on my Bernina.

These blocks are super fun to make!  Below are the first 8 of 16 foxes.  I made duplicates of each because I am making a sample for the shop and a quilt for myself.

 Our version of the quilt is going to be a bit more blue/green and red/purple.  I can't wait to show you the next installment.

Stitch Your Art Out will be selling the kits.  You can call to order yours (814) 238-4151.  If you live in central PA, you can join our class!  We meet once a month on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. through December.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving: Pinwheels

I came across a pretty exciting explanation of how to weave pinwheels on a rigid heddle loom.  Many thanks to Jeen who took the time to explain how it works.

Loom: 20" Ashford Knitter's Loom 
Reed: 7.5 dpi
Yarn: worsted weight Malabrigo Rios in Marte and Island Yarn River in Blood Orange. 

I warped 9 groupings of 8 strands on the loom.  With draw in on the loom, the scarf is currently somewhere just over 8 inches wide and 72 inches long.

Like others have said, this is not a fast weave.  But it is a really fun project and I don't mind that it is not fast.  I am a bit impatient to get it off the loom and washed to see how it looks finished.  About 25 more inches to go!

Monday, September 07, 2015

Scrappy Pineapple Quilt

You know how you like a quilt or a block for a quilt and then it seems like everyone is making one and the universe is telling you that you should do it, too? 

Crazymomquilts' scrappy pineapple block tutorial caught my eye.  I liked that it was a little bit improvisational but still clearly resembled a pineapple block.  I had time, inclination, and scraps so a quilt was born.

I made some test blocks and screwed them up.  :)  Good thing to make test blocks sometimes.

I made some more blocks and tried not to screw them up.  I realized that my #37 quarter inch foot is a SERIOUSLY SCANT quarter inch foot and the blocks were not coming out the correct size.  I finally noticed the quarter inch marking on the bed of the machine and played around with where to position the fabric to get an actual quarter inch seam.

Six blocks seemed like enough.  I am noticing a theme this summer of just making small projects and calling it good.  I had thought of joining the My Small World QAL and have the fabrics and pattern but given how my summer has been going, I think I will hold off on a large commitment a bit longer.

I am not sure how I want to quilt it.  I am thinking maybe a spiral inside of each block.  I am also undecided if I will keep this for myself or gift it to someone else.  It is hanging out while I work on some other projects.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Drunkard's Path Quilt

Making a Drunkard's Path quilt has been on my bucket list.  This spring, I picked up a Pathways ruler which allows you to make three different sized blocks.  I wasn't sure how large I would make them and liked the idea of a ruler with options.

When Katy Jones' line, Priory Square, came out, I instantly fell in love with it.  I was super excited when several of those fabrics appeared at my LQS, Stitch Your Art Out.  I pulled from my stash (below) and filled in with some fabrics from the shop.

To use the Pathways ruler, you cut your fabrics down into squares before cutting them out with the ruler.  You turn the ruler one way to cut the convex piece and another direction to cut the concave piece.

I liked using the ruler, which I think is easier to hold than a template. I had a little trouble getting my blocks to turn out the correct size so I cut on the opposite side of the curve for one piece to make it larger.  I later contacted the ruler's creator to ask about it and she got back to me right away.  She made a good suggestion to change the position of my needle when sewing.  It never occurred to me to do that!  I will definitely do that when I make more DP blocks.

Practice block.  I made several to check that I was cutting correctly and the block was ending up the right size.

Then there were four.  I made these over spring break.

I wasn't sure how large I wanted to make it but wall hanging seemed like a good place to stop.  I then spent weeks contemplating how to quilt it as I packed up and prepared to move.  I moved at the beginning of May and my new place has a sewing room!

A friend loaned me a copy of Shape by Shape by Angela Walters and that was just the inspiration I needed.  I drew out some quilting possibilities and started practicing.  I haven't free motion quilted in YEARS.  It went much better on my Bernina and I was surprised to find that I was actually enjoying myself.  Below is a test block.

Actual quilting in progress.   I used a variegated YLI thread.  It is my favorite go to thread when a quilt top has a lot of different colored fabrics (and most of mine do).

I just got the quilt finished last week.  I was so happy to see it up on the wall.

If you want to see what I am up to on a more regular basis, check out my Instagram feed.  I am @knitncrochet.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Triangle Quilt Completed!

I started a triangle quilt on Quiltcation 2014 (Cape Cod vacation in August accompanied by sewing machines).

I decided to just cut the fabric with a regular ruler but I think it would have been easier to buy a triangle ruler with a blunt point.  When I started sewing them together, it took me a bit to figure out how to line them up and my seam allowance had to be larger than normal to make it work.  Sometimes quilting still baffles me.

I got some good progress while sewing with my friend, Leslie, in our cabin.  Don't worry, we enjoyed the ocean and bike rides, too!

Back at home on the design wall.  I cut so many triangles that I have enough to make another small throw.  I should actually do that but I am not terribly motivated to make a second quilt that is exactly the same.

I got this crazy idea to quilt waves 1/2" apart after seeing some really nice wavy quilting on another blog.  At first I tried to keep the waves really precise and uniform but it just wasn't happening and was time consuming so I started to intentionally vary some of the spacing between the waves.  The quilting felt like it took a long time.

It sat completed for a while but unbound because in the fall, I switched into knitting mode.

It was finally completed at Christmas and then I had to wait for some decent weather to get an FO photo.  I love how it turned out!  Perfectly cheerful!